Dear Sutton Families,
Happy New Year! I hope that you and your loved ones had an amazing Winter Break. I am excited for second semester as our first semester was marked by incredible achievements in academics, athletics, arts and extracurricular activities. Sutton Middle School has demonstrated that we have a diverse and talented student population and an exceptional staff that supports instruction and growth of the middle school learner. None of this would be possible however, without the generosity of our parents and community. I thank you for your engagement and financial support of our PTA that allows us to offer a vast array of experiences for each student.
Before the break, I had the opportunity to meet with a variety of stakeholders to discuss our current cell phone policy and protocols. Previously, we allowed cell phone use for instructional purposes; however, now that device distribution is complete, access to technology is no longer an issue. This, along with an increase in inappropriate cell phone use led us to reexamine our cell phone policy within the context of our mission and vision. I gathered input from staff, GO Team, my student advisory council, The Sutton Voice, and the PTA Executive Board. All agreed that student use of cell phones during the school day was unnecessary, and, after careful research and discussion, we revised the policy which will take effect beginning Monday, January 13th.
Students will learn all about the new policy and expectations (see reverse) during Social Emotional Learning on January 8. As with any change, I remain open to additional feedback, and we will appropriately address any unforeseen challenges. I do encourage you to read recent research on the interference cell phone and social media use causes for adolescents during the school day and ask that you support us in the implementation of this new policy.
We are aware of most of our students who use their cell phones for medical reasons, and they will be provided with a special pass. However, if you have a need for your student and the school is unaware, please contact Dr. Nardiann Mighty at Nardiann.firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, it is of vital importance that you communicate afternoon plans to students before they leave for school in the morning. We will be unable to communicate transportation changes to students unless it a bona fide emergency. Again, I ask for your support and patience as we truly believe this change will absolutely benefit student achievement at Sutton Middle School. In addition, I am open to feedback and available via email to answer any questions.